--- Tim Starling <t.starling(a)physics.unimelb.edu.au>
I've stated my position on new language wikis,
we've been through
all the arguments before. Just because I'm no longer
arguing every case, or putting my name on the oppose
votes, doesn't mean
I've changed my mind.
I created 5 new Wikipedias in June because I
received a request from a
Wikimedia Board member. If I receive another such
specific request, I'll
carry it out. I do that out of loyalty to them, not
because I think it
contributes to our mission.
This is a very definite answer. Thanks for talking
If this the current attitude of Wikipedia's
decision-makers on the issue I'll accept it, of
course. However, I think the fact that Wikipedias for
new languages are created solely upon requests from
Wikimedia board members needs to be annouced to the
"general public". Because, at the moment, most users
don`t seem to be aware of this fact (at least I wasn't
as yet). Several pages like e. g.
still create a very different impression, i. e. that
you _can_ actually have a new WP in your language if
you request it, find supporters, convince the
community etc. Given the reality you just informed me
about, that's quite misleading. I guess we should
change those pages so they don't cause people to put a
lot of time and effort into projects that don't have a
change of success.
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